Amazon Plans to Buy Domain Names Like ".Book," Publishers Not Happy
March 11, 2013 12:48 PM
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Barnes & Noble isn't too pleased, either
Amazon is crawling under the skin of book publishers and rival retailers with a new plan to purchase
Internet domain names
Amazon is currently looking to buy Internet domain names like ".book," ".author," ".app," ".wow," and ".movie." The e-tailer is reportedly planning to buy "dozens" of domain names in order to expand its reach to customers.
However, this isn't sitting well with publishers like the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers as well as retailers like Barnes & Noble, who all say that Amazon could use these domain names to kill competition.
"Placing such generic domains in private hands is plainly anticompetitive," wrote Scott Turow, Authors Guild president, to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). "The potential for abuse seems limitless."
ICANN is a nonprofit that supervises the world's Internet domain names.
Amazon argued that owning these domain names will not lead to its monopoly in the book, app, etc. markets. The e-tailer said it was simply looking to purchase the domains in an effort to offer a dedicated platform for itself, protect its brand/reputation, create a foundation for communication and "surprise and delight our customers."
"Why should a company be able to own 'widget.com' and not '.widget'?" said Stacey King, Amazon's senior corporate counsel. "There is no evidence that past 'closed' domains have led to any market power."
This certainly isn't Amazon's first run-in with publishers and retailers, and it's easy to see why: it offers an online alternative to traditional book stores at lower prices.
In 2011, the Authors Guild accused Amazon of
disregarding the wishes of some U.S. trade book publishers by offering their books in
the Kindle Owners' Lending Library
they denied Amazon this privilege.
Barnes & Noble is just one of the brick-and-mortar chains that have complained about Amazon's lack of
tax collection in some states
, which has given Amazon the upper hand for years. Barnes & Noble's NOOK tablet/e-readers also compete with Amazon's Kindle line for ebooks.
The Wall Street Journal
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RE: Liars will continue to lie
3/12/2013 8:20:50 AM
And it's well within their right to do so.
ICANN opened up the sale of gTLD's to interested parties, so Google, amazon, and various other companies have been bidding on domains like .app, .book, .food, .map, etc for a while now.
I wouldn't call it anymore anti competitive then outbidding another company for a books.com domain.
Of course this is the internet, so even the most random of people can feel unreasonably upset at the slightest disagreement.
RE: Liars will continue to lie
3/12/2013 1:34:05 PM
Then it's a matter of who has bigger pockets, what if a company buys the top layer .com?... things like food, book, movie and the like are part of our common language to define things, just like .com, .edu etc it shouldn't be something controlled by a single company.
I don't see how the Internet is different than anywhere else but hey maybe you live on a very strict country where people don't usually voice there opinion...
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